Having a plan to pay down consumer debt and unsecured lines of credit is also very important. In Canada we have an obsession with debt which has been fueled by low interest rates for the last decade. Many peoples monthly credit card, car loans, and other installment loans and unsecured lines of credit payments are large portions of their monthly take home pay. Until these debts are under control and eventually paid down it is very difficult for many people to save at the levels, they need to in order to hit a meaningful financial independence number.
Various strategies and methods can be used to assist in paying down debt in a more efficient and methodical way. Of course, having a plan to stop building up debt is crucial and having a plan to eventually be out of consumer debt is the goal.